Annual events

Find all the annual events, causes and awareness days that we observe.

These events are held every year in Darebin, but see our upcoming events calendar for dates and locations of events near you.


An annual event during the first week of February promoting harmony between all people regardless of their faith.
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day to celebrate the achievements of women and recognise the need for gender equality.
Darebin’s Backyard Harvest Festival is back, running over three weekends from 14–29 March as part of Darebin FUSE Festival for the first time.
Ongoing, Autumn & Spring
Seasonal bike skills programs and regular bike check events for new, returning and regular riders.
Cr Julie Williams with school students crossing the road in Preston

In 2023, May 14—21 is National Road Safety Week and we’re helping raise awareness of safe driving.

Young woman with an IDAHOBIT flag

Celebrated on 17 May each year, IDAHOBIT recognises the discrimination and human rights abuses experienced by LGBTQIA+ people around the world.

National Sorry Day is an annual ceremonial event. Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) commences the day after Sorry Day.

Elite and Esperance, former refugees from Democratic Republic of the Congo

Refugee Week is a national annual event that aims to create a culture of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers living among us.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Girl hugging her grandmother in a garden

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) falls on June 15 each year.

Flicking through a book

The Mayor’s Writing Award is an annual award for writers who live, work or study in Darebin, celebrating local stories and local writers.

Wurundjeri Week is an acknowledgement and celebration of the traditional Aboriginal land owners.

Finger painting

Find out what's happening across the September school holidays in Darebin.

Older people in a park having heaps of fun
Celebrating older residents in Darebin with our calendar of free and low-cost events and activities.

An annual campaign to end violence against women.

A chance for primary school students from across Darebin to learn about Aboriginal culture and history from Aboriginal Elders and groups.

27 October
Have you experienced racism or seen it happen in the community? 

Wish to help yourself or others but not sure how?

23–31 October
Children’s Week is a national celebration recognising the talents, skills achievements and rights of children.
28 October
Stories of home and of having to leave it
World Children's Day promotes the rights and welfare of children and young people globally.
A global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence and raising awareness about the impact of violence against women.

3 December
To celebrate International Day for People with Disability in 2022, we’re announcing a Disability Pride Mural!

Young girl brushing her teeth

'Brush, Book, Bed' is a 1.5-hour dental hygiene session for Darebin families with young children aged 5 or under.

Ongoing, Autumn & Spring
FUSE is Darebin’s brand-new multi-arts festival, held in Autumn and Spring each year, designed to accommodate a range of different access points for audience and artists.